MUSC Student Government Association
Meeting Minutes - February 1, 2012
Guest Speaker: Dr. Megan Moran-Santa Maria, MUSC Childcare Workgroup: I am an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry. My colleagues and I think that having a childcare facility on-campus would be extremely beneficial. There was a pilot program on MUSC’s campus for toddlers several years ago. The pilot program failed because it was kept in a church. We are trying to get the administration to help us with a facility. We have gotten faculty signatures to be on the email list to hear about our progress. If you are interested, please let myself or Carol know. We have met with the Provost, who has agreed to give us $8000 to do a feasibility study where a survey will be sent out to MUSC staff and students to gauge interest, the age of the children, etc. We are making progress and we have the administrative support, but we also need student support. I hope you will share this information with your classes and you are also more than welcome to attend our meetings. I think this is important for both students and faculty.
- Thomas Tyner (COM Rep): One of my classmates has expressed interest in on-campus childcare.
- Daniel Odongo (MSAB Rep): Is there anything we can do to expedite this process? (Increase knowledge and increase student support. Also letting the administration know would be helpful).
- Cody Chiuzan (ISA Rep): Would students receive discounts for the childcare? (We are looking for supplements for everyone, but we will have to approach this later. We will also address the hours of operation later).
Katie Herbert, Relay for Life: Relay has grown greatly in the past few years, with about 200 students from MUSC participating. It is a campus-wide event and we fundraise for the American Cancer Society. We are requesting $1400 from SGA.
- Thomas: Will the money be going to anything specifically? (Mostly the stage, lighting, and sound system).
- Carol Brown (President): Doesn’t SGA have a sound system? (We are checking to see if this will be compatible with their needs).
- Kacy Pearman (CHP Rep): How much are the other colleges giving? $1600 from CofC SGA, and they are requesting additional contingency funds.
- Kate: We have $1400 left in our allocations budget. We are voting on Mr. MUSC tonight, and we have two requests this evening as well.
- Austen Carter substitute: I know an MUSC student does DJing for free. (We generally allocate funds for the bands to have a commitment from the performers. We do have a couple of free DJs).
- James Atkison (CGS Rep): Why is the food request only $25? (We have a lot of donations).
- Cody: We are going to be participating in the Colleges of Charleston Relay for Life? (Yes, but the Citadel will not be participating because of a conflict. We are using the Citadel stadium for the event).
- Daniel: Is the budget split between MUSC and CofC? Where is the most funding from? (CofC gives a little more. Last year they gave around $3000. We also have corporate sponsors).
- How much do you donate at the end? (Last year we raised $55,000 online).
TJ Melton, College of Medicine, Clash of the Classes: March 2nd-3rd; intercollegiate competition with all proceeds going to charity. This is the second year of this event. We aim to give money to Eagle Harbor Ranch, promote interprofessionalism, and also promote health and wellness. This charity is for abused children. We are using the pool at the Wellness Center and James Island High School. Each team pays $50. There were about 150 people participating last year. We raised around $700 for charity last year, and the kids we raised money for came to the events.
- Daniel: lunch for captains? (We do this to generate interest. Some money comes out of the 2nd year COM class. We have 8 teams already committed.
- James: I was at that meeting, and there was only pizza (this cost came from another fund)
- Carol: What was the breakdown of the class participations? (The COP spring break falls on the event, which was an issue last year as well. CHP had several teams, CDM had a team, COM had 3 teams).
- Erin Pardue (Programs VP): How was this year’s captain’s meeting? (Neither representative was in attendance at the meeting; several teams from different colleges are participating)
- Daniel: I participated last year. I think you should consider keeping a portion of your proceeds to make this a self-sustaining event in the future. What do you anticipate being your most expensive item? (food, random expenses such as clipboards, stopwatches; much of the food was donated last year, but we are concerned with this event being so close to Relay for Life. Last year we spent between $300 and 400).
President: Carol Brown
Reading of January 18th minutes: approved
SGA Executive Officer applications: available tonight or in Student Programs, elections March 29th-30th beginning at 8 am and ending at 5 pm online. Please come talk to us if you are interested in running! The applications are due February 24th. No one on the current executive committee is running for re-election. Brandon is running for president. It is preferred for you to be in Charleston next year and also through the summer for our planning meetings in May and July. There are stipends of $1500/semester and $2500/semester for the president.
Recycle Mania: February 5th-March 31st, which is a recycling competition between other colleges across the nation. There is a video competition. For more information: www.musc.edu/gogreen. Submit videos to youtube.com/recylcemania.
Graduation Invitations: I talked to Dorothea about alternate invitations. In the past we have asked for nicer paper. There is another company who has been contacting MUSC about invitations. Thoughts?
- Joey Powell (CON Rep): I think it would be good to bring in a bid from another company. Herff-Jones also has invitations, and they are located in Charlotte, which is closer than Josten’s office.
Student Welfare Committee Meeting
Reps (2) to clean up after meeting: James, Kristen Long (CHP Rep)
Program Vice President: Erin Pardue
MUSC Improv Comedy Night Evaluations: huge success and sold-out event! We had an MUSC student on the stage. We will probably keep this event for next year because it was so successful this year.
Make Your Own Valentines: 2/1 - 2/14 in Student Programs Office: lots of crafts!
Chamber Music Charleston - Thursday, February 2: 12:00 - 12:45pm in the ECL Lobby. Bring your lunch and enjoy the free piano concert!
MUSC Night at Charleston Stage: Avenue Q @ Dock Street Theatre—Friday, February 10 at 7:30 pm
Worker spots will go out tonight via email!
Language and content may be offensive—mature audiences only."
FREE private MUSC reception during intermission with wine and food; present your ticket to get into this
TICKETS: $5 for students, $10 for non-students (2 per MUSC ID); tickets are almost sold out!
Free Valentine’s Piano Concert—Tuesday, February 14, Hollings Cancer Center lobby at 12:00 pm
Mrs. Greenberg will introduce Pianist Armine Ghazarya
Fat Tuesday in the Horseshoe—Tuesday, February 21; 11:30 am- 1:15 pm
Worker spots will go out tonight via email for set-up and bead distribution
Music by Wanda Johnson, food vendors, free beads!
Donate 2 or more canned goods and receive specialty beads!!
Winetasting at the Aquarium on February 24 from 7:00-10:00 pm
Tickets: $25 – Go on sale Feb. 13th at noon in Student Programs Office. Only 800 tickets available! 2 tickets per student (Must show MUSC Student I.D. to purchase tickets)
Programs Committee Meeting
Academic Vice President: Brandon Hagan
Library and Learning Commons Update: quarterly meeting was yesterday. Please let your classes know about this information! Wired Wednesdays on the 3rd floor from 2-4 pm with coffee and snacks. The Student Technology Support Services on the 4th floor on Thursdays from 11 am – 3 pm to help with all electronics for free. Some people were interested in water dispensers, which are being looked into for several floors. On the 4th floor there is an anatomy learning section. Many models have been donated. Please go see the library renovations! New furniture and carpet. They are removing 80% of the books in the next month. New artwork is going to be hung soon as well.
Student Government Legislation Review: thank you to my committee, Nancy, and Nadia for helping with the Constitutional update! You can see the Constitution online. There are 4 amendments that pertain to the executive officer duties. We would like to pass these tonight because these amendments affect the responsibilities of the incoming executive officers.
Duties of president amended to help with Safety Walk every other year, which is already part of the president’s responsibilities. The president will also attend a meeting with the presidents of campuswide organizations, but it is not necessary to attend a meeting with each college’s president.
Duties of the programs VP will include helping to organize the Fall Retreat and will also include reporting expenses of all events.
Duties of the treasurer will be amended to include involvement in fundraising for service projects and will also work in conjunction with MUSC Gives Back. The treasurer will now be called the service VP because there are no monetary affairs involved in this position.
The secretary will now be called the communications VP. Duties will also include chairing the Communications Committee.
Next meeting: Enrollment Management MOX live demo
Several reps have downloaded this (very helpful)
Treasurer: Kate Hicks
Hope Lodge evaluations
Coupon Book Return
Expense Report—MUSC Improv Comedy Night: $500 underbudget
Upcoming Service Events
- Valentine’s Day Blood Drive from 11 am – 4pm, which is a time change! Please sign up for a different spot if you signed up from 4 to 5!
- Lowcountry Food Bank: February 20th- 21st for promotion and also working the event
Allocations Requests: $1400 left in the budget with a cash reserves fund of $1000. We are not opposed to using some of the cash reserves, especially since we have been underbudget on several events. Keep in mind that if you want to give less than requested, we can do this as well.
Mr. MUSC: Requested $1100, but we are giving them audio, so requesting $900.
- Nicholas Fedor (CHP Rep): Great turnout expected (> 400 people last year) and the proceeds go to charity.
- Sarah Kimsey (CHP Rep): Interprofessional; we have proceeds from all colleges except charity.
- Jake Schubert (CON Rep): How much expected to be donated? (all proceeds go to charity; net expenses $4000).
- Travis Ayers (COM Rep): why can’t this be self-sustaining if so much is going to charity?
- Daniel: I am in support of this because all of MUSC is represented, but I don’t think we should give them the full amount. We should ask them to keep a portion for themselves so they can be self-sustaining.
- Brandon: This is the last year Clash, Mr. MUSC, and Relay for Life can request funds from SGA according to the Constitution, which they are all aware of. Mr. MUSC also requested funds last year.
- James: This is a smaller percentage compared to what the other organizations have asked for, so maybe Mr. MUSC can function without Mr. MUSC.
- Erin: This is the event that is going to involve more of MUSC. Relay only involves 200 students, whereas Mr. MUSC has 400.
- Daniel: I suggest giving $500.
VOTE on $900 request: denied.
VOTE on $500: approved.
Relay for Life information: Friday, April 13th 5 pm- 5 am
Relay for Life Team Sign Up List
Secretary: Meg Coom
Reminder: pictureswill be taken of the new reps at the next meeting
8K for H2O Roadrace—Saturday, February 25, 9 am on Folly Beach. $5 Off Registration with Student ID
Thursday 3/1 (5:30-8:30pm)- Clarion Competition @ Storm Eye Institute. Reception following the competition; free to students and staff.
Communications Committee Meeting
Intramurals: Kevin Smuniewski
Softball Captain’s Meeting—Tuesday, February 7 @ 5:15pm in HSC Auditorium
Indoor Soccer Update: I met with the Wellness Center director and we have decided to play for 5 weeks at the end of March. We can start March 18th through April 29th in the gym on Sundays; however, this conflicts with softball. Captain’s meeting February 28th. There is a Student Broadcast about this. We are discussing finding another venue depending on how much money is left in the intramural budget.
College and Organizational Reports
MUSC Gives Back: Liz Sheridan
2012 Global Health and Humanitarian Summit—April 13-15th at Emory University—Atlanta, GA
Limited Free Lodging and Transportation for students provided by Dr. Greenberg
See your agenda for more information and forward this to your classes. Must respond by March 9th to email@example.com
Blood Drive: online signups have just been sent out! Walk-ins will be accepted, but appointments served first. The collge with the greatest participation per enrollment will have a winner receive two free Winetasting tickets. Fixed site open Tuesday-Thursday.
Student Programs: Nadia Mariutto, Nancy Lemon
Earl B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity Award deadline Friday, February 3rd
Black History Noon Day Lecture Series: Wednesdays in BSB 302 from noon-1; started today. Student lecturers and free food to first 50 attendees.
University Wide Committees
International Student Association
Multicultural Student Advisory Board